1987 Elections Blot On Face Of Democracy: Salahuddin

1987 Elections Blot On Face Of Democracy: Salahuddin

2 September 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Alleging that 1987 elections were blot on the face of democracy, United Jehad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahuddin Sunday said he was not product of those rigged polls and termed interlocutors exercise as futile. “1987 elections were blot on face of democracy. My elder brother was a key figure in the Plebiscite Front. He had contested the elections with the assumption that the aspirations of Kashmiris would be fulfilled through democratic means. During 1987 election campaigns, we always talked about freedom. The rigging and manipulation of results formed the darkest chapter of democracy,” Salahuddin told a local news gathering agency, KNS in a telephonic message. He said he is not the product of 1987 elections and the ‘passion for freedom’ was inherited by him from his elders. Referring to activities of former interlocutors, the UJC chief said such activities are useless, which are aimed at delaying the resolution of Kashmir issue. “India is making every effort to convey to the world that it is sincere towards solving Kashmir issue. But the reality is that it is misleading the world community by applying such dilly dallying tactics”. On Indo-Pak relations, he said the two countries are working for better relations. “However, peace will evade the sub continent unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved as per aspirations and sentiments of Kashmiris.” The Hizbul Mujahideen chief said the confidence building measures like cross LoC trade, people to people contacts were a futile exercise. “The situation in J&K is volcanic and it can erupt any time. India is trying to establish its supremacy in the region by ignoring the sacrifices of Kashmiris”. Regarding the recent meetings between parliamentarians of India and Pakistan, he said such meetings are being held to give a notion that ‘all is well’. “Such notions are only meant to mislead people and international community. Three wars have already taken place between the two countries and the fourth one is round the corner. India and Pakistan should solve the Kashmir dispute to evade such a situation”, he said. He expressed concern over increase in human rights violations in the state. “I appreciate the role of international media houses for raising such issues. I also appeal local media organizations to become a voice of the oppressed people and apprise international community about the present situation in the state. The local media should not get bogged down under pressure and put facts before the whole world”. Calling for limiting number of Amarnath Yatris visiting the Amarnath cave every year, Salahuddin said the increasing number of Amarnath Yatris, setting up of permanent infrastructure for them along with increasing interference of non local labourers in the private and public sector is an indication of the government’s plans to change the Muslim majority character of the Jammu and Kashmir state. “The death of Amarnath Yatris during the yatra can be reduced by limiting the number of yatris visiting the cave shrine every year. However, saffron brigade including BJP is trying to make an issue out of this to pave way for changing the Muslim majority character of the state. We will raise voice against such designs and any move to settle non state subjects in the state will be resisted”, he said. The UJC chief said they were not against Yatra or any religion. “It is evident from the fact that Kashmiris have facilitated smooth yatra of the yatris.By setting up railway lines and constructing roads and tunnels, the Government of India (GoI) is only extending its military infrastructure in the State and they are not meant for the people of the state.” He appealed the separatist leadership to come forward with a united voice. “For advocating and raising the Kashmir cause on any forum or platform, unity is a prerequisite. Division among leadership is harming the cause of Kashmiris”, he said. Regarding the Hurriyat’s proposed Pakistan visit, he said the Hurriyat leaders should convey to Pakistan that trade and travel or CBMs are not a solution to Kashmir issue. “They should tell the Pakistani leadership that Kashmir is the main issue and it should form core of any dialogue between India and Pakistan”. He also supported the September 4 strike call given by Hurriyat conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani.